IBM Power Systems Review

It facilitates extra redundancy and we run our critical applications on it


What is most valuable?

Primarily the reliability. I can set up a system and it runs until we decide to get rid of it.

How has it helped my organization?

The reliability is one. We have a lot of extra redundancy built into Power and we run our critical applications on there so it protects our brand and our business.

For how long have I used the solution?

Since POWER4.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We are very happy with the performance.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No, we have not.

How is customer service and technical support?

It's very good. They are knowledgeable and there is always a point of contact.

What was our ROI?

POWER8 definitely handles the workload better than POWER7 did, as far as the threading between having a lot of partitions running in a system. There is less impact when the system doesn't bog down, when a lot of applications are running.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is not an issue but it is something that we are being asked for from our leadership. Because usage fluctuates all the time, they want to know that they are only paying for what they are using. And we're all competing against the cloud vendors now.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No. We have been running on Power ever since we went to SAP.

What other advice do I have?

I am using POWER8 for AIX and Linux.

I wouldn't say that Power uniquely positions our company in the industry. We run all of our internal applications on it and we keep our business running with it.

As far as IBM being a market leader, I would think that they are certainly one of the players, I don't know if they are the leader or not. In order to be a market leader I think IBM would have to get into more shops and get the word out there. It's kind of like the Windows mentality, a lot people go with what they know or what they see advertised.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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